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It’s time, friend. It’s time to drop that Blackberry you’ve got duct-taped together and move up in the world. Android is waiting with open arms, and a plethora of great devices. I’m sure you were with that Blackberry for quite some time, so let’s discuss how you’re going to get acquainted to your new life with Android. It won’t be hard, I promise.

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Those Android users that have a handset running Android 4.1 or later (hence a Jelly Bean version) can already take advantage of one of its most interesting features, the smart Google Now search system/assistant that provides custom alerts and results based on certain parameters and search patterns extracted by the company from what’s currently happening in your life.

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With Android’s increasing market share and Google’s focus on mobile devices and services, this should come as no surprise, but according to a note to investors from Morgan Stanley, Google expects the majority of its users to access its services from mobile devices in the future.

Google Chrome

Google takes a unique approach when it comes to searching for exploits in Chrome. Instead of only utilizing in-house resources to find these potential threats, Google uses hacking competitions. At the company’s second sponsored Pwnium hacking competition a potential security issue was unveiled that earned one enterprising hacker a $60,000 payout.

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When Motorola Mobility launched its Intel powered RAZR i less than 10 days ago there was some raised eyebrows when it was revealed that the new phone didn’t run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and neither could it run the Chrome web browser. This might be cause for concern about any new phone which is released, but considering that Motorola Mobility is owned by Google and, of course, Google is the custodian of Android and the creator of the Chrome web browser, it is almost alarming. Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing?

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Google has started to pay money to those who are finding bugs in the Android version of Chrome. Each of the seven bugs fixed in this version were rewarded with $500 from Google. Among these are fixes for vulnerabilities which exposed Android APIs to JavaScript and a bug that allowed cookie theft by malicious local Android apps. Google has also updated Chrome for Android’s sandboxing technology.

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In mobile devices, a menu bar that permanently sits either on top of bottom of the display can really rob users of their precious screen real estate. This is something that has apparently been lingering on Google’s mind, as well, and the company has applied to patent the use of a radial-style menu in the Android browser and Chrome.